For the first time since 2007, when the College moved into U.S. News and World Report's "Best National Liberal Arts Colleges" category, Stonehill is in the top 100.
Jumping 12 places over last year's ranking, the College finally made it to the top 100, out of 178 first tier schools listed.
Tied With Others
However, the College is one of eight schools tied at 100.
In addition to Stonehill, they are: Bennington College, Drew University, Hope College, Juniata College, Lake Forest College, Luther College, and Sweet Briar College.
U.S. News Survey 2013 Breakdown
Overall Score: 53 (out of 100)Average freshman retention rate: 90%Undergraduate reputation index: 62 (out of 100)2011 graduation rate (predicted/actual): 79%/81%% of classes under 20: ('11) 51%% of classes of 50 or more: ('11) 1%% of faculty full-time: ('11) 82%SAT 25th-75th percentile : ('11) 1110-1290*Freshman in the top 10% of HS : ('11) 42%Acceptance rate : ('11) 65%Average alumni giving rate: 18%
*SAT/ACT not required
Stonehilll's previous highest ranking was in 2010 when it came in at 105 in the "Best National Liberal Arts Colleges" category. Its lowest ranking was in 2008 when it came in at 115.
A+ School For B Students
In its Best Colleges 2013 guidebook, U.S. News also named Stonehill to its list of "A+ School for B Students."
According to the guidebook, this category is for young scholars "trapped in the GPA of a B student," but whose heart is set on a top college. The category identifies schools "where non superstars have a decent shot at being accepted and thriving."
Full rankings are available for viewing at www.usnews.com/colleges and will also be published in the Best Colleges book on newsstands September 18.
Research Tool For Families
Over the past two decades, the U.S. News college rankings, which groups schools based on categories created by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, has grown to be the most comprehensive research tool for students and parents considering higher education opportunities.
The 2013 Best Colleges package examines how more than 1,400 accredited four-year schools compare on a set of widely accepted indicators of excellence.
Measures of Quality
Among the many factors weighed in determining the rankings, the key measures of quality are: peer assessment, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, alumni giving, and, for National Universities and National Liberal Art Colleges, "graduation rate performance" and high school counselor ratings of colleges.
For more details on the methodology used in determining the rankings, go to www.usnews.com/collegemeth.
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